Series: A Better Life
Title: The Heart Behind My Tithe
Text: Genesis 28:10-22
When it comes to tithing, God cares more about the attitude we give in than the amount we give. What should be our heart behind our tithe?
- What are some possible motivations behind tithing that you can think of? How biblically sound are these motivations?
Read Gen 25:27-34. Would you identify more with Esau or Jacob? In your own words, describe what you find the most problematic about each of them.
Esau was easy target for manipulation because he lived by his appetite. He disqualified himself from the heir of the covenant because he valued his stomach above his heritage. How can a craving for immediate gratification jeopardise our spiritual inheritance?
- Jacob, a self-sufficient swindler, was humbled by the grace of God and willingly promised to tithe to God if God provided for him. How can we tithe with the right heart attitude? How can we tithe with gratitude in response to God’s faithfulness?
This series, “A Better Life,” challenges us to realign our priorities and examine our values that affect how we handle our finances. How would prioritising “treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy” (Matthew 6:20) help us to be rich towards God and others? How would recognising that God is our Provider through tithing strengthen our relationship with God?